Casey Affleck Says Ben Won't Return to the Batman Role After Justice League
There has been a lot of speculation regarding Ben Affleck's future as Batman in the DC Extended Universe. In addition to playing the new incarnation of the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League, he has initially set to write, direct and star in The Batman, a stand-alone solo film.
Matt Reeves has replaced Affleck as director, and the script is now being written by Reeves and others, working off of some of Alleck's material. Still, rumors have persisted that Affleck will drop out of the film entirely, and that Justice League will be his last turn in the Bat-suit. Reeves, Warner Bros. and Affleck have all denied these rumors, but his brother Casey reignited the rumors yesterday during an interview on Boston radio station WEEI. Heat Vision reports that, when asked about Batfleck, he referred to it strictly in the past tense:
“I thought he was an OK Batman,” Casey said. “No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie [The Batman], I don’t think. Sorry to say.”
When the interviewers reacted with shock, Affleck attempted to walk the statement back.
"Is that breaking news? Because I was just kind of making that up, I don’t know," he said.
Warner Bros. has not commented, but clearly Casey spoke out of turn, The big question is, in what way? If a decision has been made, and Ben Affleck is not going to return to the Batman role, it is most certainly breaking news, and was not meant to be revealed on the Dale & Holley With Keefe radio show. If it's a factual error, Warner Bros. can - and probably should - clear it up with a statement on the future of The Batman, and Affleck's involvement or lack thereof.